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Trump Wants to Downplay Global Warming. Louisiana Won’t Let Him.

Jan. 26, 2017, 1:24 PM

On a recent morning in Baton Rouge, a thousand miles from where Senate Democrats were jousting with President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency about whether humans are warming the planet, the future of U.S. climate policy was being crafted in a small room in the east wing of the Louisiana Capitol. The state’s 7,700-mile shoreline is disappearing at the fastest rate in the country. Officials had gathered to consider a method of deciding which communities to save—and which to abandon to the Gulf of Mexico.

Trees stick out of a marsh in Venice, La. Sea-level rise threatens the future of homes and businesses in Plaquemines Parish and surrounding coastal areas.
Derick Hingle/Bloomberg

Bren Haase, chief of planning for the Coastal Protection and ...